As with my last post a month ago, I would normally have given up by now because any regime would have been about weightloss and not about lifestyle changes and health. The whole point with what I am doing is to feel better and to lose some weight along the way.
Food organisation is still an onwards battle – most main meals are fine but I still struggle with snacking on some days because I run out of time and I haven’t prepared lunch. At home, it’s great and pretty easy but work can pose more of a problem when I am busy and I forget to take lunch and then I get hungry and I am short on time. So organisation has to be key – food at work has to be about having fruit to hand to nibble on and I need to take lunch with me – otherwise it doesn’t work!
I am also going to make a note of my food this month, to see if that makes any difference. But I want to focus on the positives because this is about making changes that will last…
- I am rarely snacking on unhealthy food but I am aware that I need to be more organised and have more healthy snacks available at work
- I am now less likely to binge on bread or to eat biscuits and cake when I feel hungry or when I feel emotionally in need – I am being more mindful of what I am eating and acknowledging that I don’t really need that biscuit, rather than just popping it in my gob and forgetting about it
- I rarely eat after my tea now
- I am eating more fruit that I ever have
- On most days I am eating less stodgy carbs – so I have cut right back on bread, pasta and potatoes and I am eating more fruit and veg instead
10,000 steps a day is working for me and on many days I am exceeding that. I won’t the results of running or bootcamp but I feel a bit fitter and I am enjoying walking more or just doing some step each day to get me moving a bit faster.
Currently this is right for me because I am doing it, any other exercise – which I usually hate or I have end up injuring myself – I give up after a few weeks. Even on tired days and rainy days I have been walking to work – it’s becoming my default to walk rather than to just jump in the car and I like it, it’s like my old London days where I walked everywhere.
I haven’t measured or weighed because I want to focus on how I feel and how my clothes feel…
- I feel lighter and less sluggish
- I have more energy
- I am sleeping better
- My heartburn has eased
- My mood is more stable
- My clothes are looser and I have sent some packing to the charity shop because they are now too big
- I feel well and less aches
So while my results are not as instant or as dramatic in terms of weightloss and fitness – no fitness guru is going to be ecstatic with my progress – I am experiencing so many positives, which is what this was all about. These lifestyle changes have to last, they can’t be fads that I ditch in a month or two and I am pleased that I feel so much better – physically and mentally – and that I am motivated to keep going.
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